Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "funny and fresh-voiced", tenor Gary Ruschman appears regularly in concert, opera, jazz, theatre, studio, and chamber music settings, but with special love for contemporary and historically informed Baroque music. His performances include principal light lyric and character tenor roles in more than forty operas, musicals, and plays, and an extended concert repertoire. He has performed alongside jazz legends Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin, and appeared on dozens of recordings and national broadcasts. Gary toured the globe for a decade with CANTUS vocal ensemble, and served multiple terms as Artistic Co-Director and other leadership positions. He currently serves as Director of Music at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN, Mixed Precipitation's Picnic Operetta, and OVation!, the portable chamber choir of One Voice Mixed Chorus (the largest LGBTQA+ chorus in North America).
For more than a decade, the tenor has worked extensively as an educator for solo performers and vocal ensembles of all levels, including transgender and transitioning voices.
Gary has maintained private vocal studios in the Twin Cities, Greater Cincinnati, and San Francisco Bay Areas, and provided musical direction for numerous projects and concert programs. His critically-acclaimed vocal and choral arrangements have been performed and recorded throughout the world.
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